Developing leadership in the public sector

22 Mar 2010

As part of a UNDP-backed project to support talented women working in the public sector, five Vietnamese women, all in senior public sector positions, have just returned from an international leadership conference in the UK. Speaking at the conference (Leadership Legacy: No Time like the Present) were a number of top women leaders, including UNDP Administrator Helen Clark.

“The opening remarks by Helen Clark were inspiring. Being given the chance to network and share experiences with other women leaders was extremely useful. I picked up some new ideas from the conference and will apply them to my work at the National Assembly,” said Ms Nguyen Thuy Anh, one of the participants and Director General in the Department for Social Affairs in the Vietnamese National Assembly Office.

Viet Nam has a relatively good track record of empowering women. Yet, there are still very few women in leadership positions and women continue to face a glass ceiling in both the private and public sectors. The UNDP-backed project aims to support talented women in the public sector and help them break down the glass ceiling. With almost half of working women employed in the public sector supporting these future female leaders can have far-reaching and positive effects.

Download Helen Clark's speech here

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Photo: The Vietnamese female delegation pictured with Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator